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Claremont Discourse: Constitution Day

Established in 1998, the Claremont Discourse lecture series is a forum for faculty at The Claremont Colleges to present current research, publications, and creative projects from a wide variety of disciplines. This year, there are many ways to participate:

  • Pick up a free Constitution of the United States on Friday, September 17. Available at the Main Services Desk while supplies last.

  • Revisit the video lectures given by by Claremont McKenna political scientists Prof. Zachary Courser and Prof. Jack Pitney.

  • Join us for Voting Rights and the Constitution on Friday, October 1, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Dr. Jean Schroedel (CGU) and Dr. Lily Geismer (CMC) will discuss the impact of the Constitution on voting rights both historically and with respect to current events. Don't forget to register for this virtual event! 

Learn more about the Claremont Discourse lecture series and watch past presentations!

Constitution Day

"The members of the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Constitutional Convention convened in response to dissatisfaction with the Articles of Confederation and the need for a strong centralized government. After four months of secret debate and many compromises, the proposed Constitution was submitted to the states for approval. Although the vote was close in some states, the Constitution was eventually ratified and the new Federal government came into existence in 1789. The Constitution established the U.S. government as it exists today." -- United States Constitution: Primary Documents in American History - Library of Congress

You can learn more about Constitution Day events and resources from the Library of Congress and the National Constitution Center.

The United States Constitution

Download a free pocket Constitution from or check out the following resources to learn more about the United States Constitution.  

Election Resources

Learn how to check your voter registration status at